The department of music offers the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with a major in Music and the Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degrees. The B.M degree provides five concentrations: vocal music education, instrumental music education, vocal music performance, instrumental music performance, and theory/composition.
The B.A. degree is offered for students who desire a strong liberal arts background with a major in music. Approximately one third of the four year B.A. program is in music, and numerous elective hours outside the department permit study in other academic areas. The B.M. degree is a more concentrated course of study in the major area. Approximately two thirds of the four-year program is in music. The B.M. degree in music education is appropriate for students who plan to teach music in elementary, middle, or high schools. It combines general education with music content and teaching methodology in a highly structured course of study. Students who successfully complete the program are awarded teaching certification upon graduation. All music degree programs represent appropriate preparation for graduate study.
The department also offers Music minors in one of three areas: music performance, theory, or composition. These minors are designed for students who have an avocational interest in music or they may assist in development of competencies required for another course of study.
Rhetoric and Composition (6 hours)
Mathematics and Statistics (6 hours)
Natural Sciences (7-8 hours)
Humanities and Fine Arts (6 hours)
Cultures and Civilizations (9 hours)
Behavioral and Social Sciences (6 hours)
Minimum total hours= 41 hours
Additional Requirements (other than music):
- B.A. degrees also require 2 years of foreign language and a minimum of 18 hours in a minor.
- B.M. in Music Education concentrations require six hours in Psychology or Early Childhood, and 21 hours in the College of Health, Education and Professional Studies.
Typical courses of study
- BA - Music
- BM - Composition and Theory
- BM - Music Ed Instrumental
- BM - Music Ed Vocal
- BM - Instrumental Performance
- BM - Piano Performance
- BM - Vocal Performance
- Bachelor of Arts in Music
Dr. Lee Harris
- Bachelor of Music: Instrumental Performance
Dr. Sin-Hsing Tsai, Piano
Dr. Monte Coulter, Percussion Advisor
Don Zimmer, Brass, Strings, Woodwinds
- Bachelor of Music: Vocal Performance
Dr. Rebecca St. Goar
- Bachelor of Music: Theory and Composition
Dr. Jonathan McNair
- Bachelor of Music: Instrumental Music Education
Dr. William Lee
- Bachelor of Music: Vocal Music Education
Dr. Lee Harris
- Music Minors
Dr. Lee Harris
Performance facilities include the Roland Hayes Concert Hall and the Cadek Recital Hall. The Listening Center houses an extensive collection of compact discs, LP recordings and video tapes. The Lupton Library collection includes over 7000 scores, as well as a large collection of reference materials and periodicals.
- Enroll as a Pre-Music Major
- Perform a live audition on their primary applied instrument or voice
- Complete a Music Theory Diagnostic or Proficiency Exam
On passing the examination and audition a student will be classified as a Music Major. Failure to pass the audition requires one to complete appropriate applied study at the 100- or 200-level. Failure to achieve the minimum score on the Diagnostic Exam requires one to complete a music fundamentals course with a grade of C or better. Students whose performance on the audition and the exam indicates no real potential for success in the major will be counseled to seek other majors.